The veterans' stories are skillfully interwoven with sufficient strategic and tactical detail to make this a useful book for budding historians, and an interesting addition to more traditional histories. There is some sense of a missed opportunity in the fact that Barris makes no conclusions about the citizen-soldiers and what, if anything, defines them and their time. Also, the book lacks maps sufficiently detailed to support such a finely drawn Canadian portrait of that day.
[Barris] seamlessly interweaves the remembrances of veterans to make his book a compelling tale that never loses either the pace of the remarkable story or the broad sweep of the larger picture of the invasion..."Juno" is a remarkable book that should be required reading in every Canadian school.
Barris has pulled off a remarkable piece of work here...he has written a book that's as full of tension as any novel. Even, one might say, as any Hollywood war movie...Read this book. More importantly, make your kids read this book.
Barris has drawn upon the stories of participants through their written accounts or by interviews, and his crisp writing style paints a poignant word picture. This is history from the sharp end...
Any author that chooses to collect the stories of veterans is doing history a great service, and Barris has a respectful but confident touch handling their memories.
You won't find any book that better captures the Canadian experience at 'the sharp end'... A welcome addition to the literature of the Canadian military in the Second World War.
... a remarkable book, the first comprehensive retelling of Canadians at war on a day that changed history. Interweaving the memories of those who came back with an hour-by-hour record of the battle for the beac, Barris has created a book that is both timely and necessary.
...a comtemporary Canadian masterpiece... Barris's writing has a highly readable style...Read Juno
and rejoice in the contribution of Canada to the successful conclusion of the Second World War...
...collected stories are deftly combined to present a cohesive, riveting picture of the Normandy invasion that ultimately, combined with the Soviet advance from the east, led to victory.
The voices of the Canadians [Barris] writes about come through loud and clear. Through their stories we begin to understand their pride, their fears, their glory and their heartache.
Barris' approach to writing about D-Day is excellent...This book puts a human face on a seminal event that we cannot fully understand...It is a book that I would recommend for professional and amateur alike.
Ted Barris has created a contemporary Canadian masterpiece in Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944
Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and various national magazines, he is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. Barris has authored seventeen non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno.